Po­lice: Fa­role’s still op­er­at­ing de­spite li­cense sus­pen­sion

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE jbis­son­nette@paw­tuck­et­times.com

PAW­TUCKET – Three days af­ter the Board of Li­cense Com­mis­sion­ers said that Fa­role’s Restau­rant & Ban­quets was to be closed un­til its owner re­ceived food ser­vice and safety li­censes and that the es­tab­lish­ment would be closed for 14 days af­ter the owner ob­tained such pa­per­work, the ban­quet hall was open with its owner cook­ing in the kitchen.

The Bay­ley Street fa­cil­ity on Sept. 6 was or­dered closed un­til its owner – Jose Ruiz – re­ceives a food ser­vice li­cense and valid cer­ti­fied food safety man­ager li­cense from the Rhode Is­land Depart­ment of Health. Once Ruiz ob­tained those li­censes, Fa­role’s was to re­main closed for the fol­low­ing 14 days. Upon re­open­ing, the es­tab­lish­ment’s clos­ing time would be changed to mid­night in­stead of the tra­di­tional 1 a.m., and any­time the fa­cil­ity hosts an event, Ruiz must con­tact Paw­tucket Po­lice to re­ceive a two-of­fi­cer de­tail.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice nar­ra­tive from Paw­tucket Pa­trol Of­fi­cer Mi­caela But­lin, the of­fi­cer was dis­patched to Fa­role’s for a liquor es­tab­lish­ment check around 11:50 a.m. last Satur­day. She was ad­vised by dis­patch that the busi­ness should be closed due to a sus­pended li­cense.

When But­lin ar­rived on scene, she made con­tact with Ruiz, who told her that he was clean­ing inside the restau­rant and cook­ing lunch for his fam­ily. While a woman and child were inside Fa­role’s, But­lin did not ob­tain their in­for­ma­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Paw­tucket Po­lice Capt. Thomas New­man, But­lin in­formed him that Ruiz was cook­ing in the kitchen but there was “a

quan­tity of food greater than that for two adults and a child,” New­man said, with the food in­clud­ing a large con­tainer of cooked chicken wings. But­lin did not no­tice any cus­tomers inside and Ruiz said he would be fin­ish­ing up his clean­ing and leav­ing the prop­erty.

In the Sept. 10 no­tice, New­man ad­di­tion­ally writes that it was his un­der­stand­ing that Ruiz had yet to re­ceive his clear­ance from the Health Depart­ment to op­er­ate as a food ser­vice provider or per­mis­sion to pre­pare food within the premises.

New­man re­quested the Board of Li­cense Com­mis­sion­ers re­view the in­ci­dent and de­ter­mine if any dis­ci­plinary ac­tion should be taken.

The Bay­ley Street ban­quet fa­cil­ity has been a re­cent fo­cus of po­lice at­ten­tion, as twice in the last four months, po­lice have dis­cov­ered the restau­rant to be serv­ing al­co­hol af­ter hours. Ad­di­tion­ally, an Aug. 25 stab­bing and shoot­ing oc­curred around 3 a.m., two hours af­ter sched­uled clos­ing, po­lice said.

Ruiz at the Sept. 6 com­mis­sion meet­ing said that he an­tic­i­pated he could ob­tain his li­censes as early as Sept. 8, one day be­fore the al­leged in­ci­dent oc­curred. In But­lin’s nar­ra­tive, Ruiz said that he had not had any cus­tomers inside Fa­role’s since the li­cense was sus­pended.

The City Coun­cil, in its ca­pac­ity as the Board of Li­cense Com­mis­sion­ers, will ad­dress the com­mu­ni­ca­tion from New­man dur­ing next Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing.

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